I was fortunate enough to be invited to another charity event this month, this time, the Memory Ball in support of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. The event was started a few years ago by a group of young professionals who were all impacted by the disease. Before Saturday’s event, the Memory Ball has raised $120,000 since 2011 (and 2015’s numbers have yet to be added).
The event took place at the beautiful Palais Royale, I’ve never been to this venue but it’s really nice – and I’m sure just amazing in the summer with the patio on the water. The event had great silent auction and raffle prizes to bid on. The event also had the famous Toronto artist, Carlos Delgado live-painting a piece inspired by Memory Ball. It was unbelievable to watch this beautiful painting take shape over the course of just a couple of hours. You can see the finished product on his Facebook page. The evening also began with a fun woodwind band, I recognized a couple of the songs – including the song from Looney Toons
The event had a signature drink, the #Blue72, a drink with Hpnotiq and peach schnapps. I always forget how much I like Hpnotiq until I’m served a cocktail with it. I may have enjoyed a couple of them… They were really delicious.
The herring vodka bar on the other hand, will fall under “try everything once” category. A staple of Memory Ball, you’re supposed to take a shot of vodka and chase it with herring… I stuck with the #Blue72 but others really seemed to enjoy it. The food at the event was also amazing. I had poutine, smoked salmon, and a few cupcakes. There was also a late night burrito bar, because… burritos. Perfect way to end the evening after enjoying the open bar. Aveda Institute also had a makeup touch-up station, which was great because it was really windy Saturday night and maybe my red lipstick ended up everywhere. They were also doing hand massages, the loveliest woman named Nirvana gave me a great hand massage – it was a great addition to the event.
Around 10pm, the committee spoke and there was a few speeches about how Alzheimer’s has affected the lives of the committee members, their families and even the emcee. They showed these remarkably touching video about young caregivers. It’s estimated that 15% of caregivers in Canada are aged 18-24, they are young people who are trying to balance their caregiver responsibilities as well as school, work and other commitment. I will share this video as soon as I find it because I think it’s worth the less than 5 minutes to take to watch it. Following the thank yous, it was time for the party to get started. The DJ started and the dancefloor filled up.
It was truly a remarkable event, one I’m honoured I was invited to. You can learn more about Memory Ball on their site and make a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. An organization doing great work in the community, supporting people with Alzheimer’s and their family. I’m sure plans are already in the works for 2016, make sure to keep an eye on twitter, tickets to this event sell out quickly – and now I know why.